FBI Director Christopher Wray said the U.S. has seen a rapid increase in political violence and domestic extremism during this period. Exterior Before the Senate Judiciary Committee, added that such incidents are now “almost a 365-day phenomenon” across the country.
Ray told lawmakers on Thursday that the bureau has Conduct multiple investigations Related to Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, saying “generally intensified violence” on both sides of the issue after Politico post Draft opinion before ruling.
“I think it’s part of a larger phenomenon that we’re going through in this country right now,” Wray told Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota). “I know there’s a lot of enthusiasm, especially on issues like abortion, but too many people seem to think it justifies participation in violence and destruction of property and the threat of violence.”
“I think every day I hear someone throw Molotov cocktails at someone for a problem,” Wray continued. “It’s crazy.”
Axios noted that the FBI on Thursday charged a man with arson, hours after Wray testified Set fire to Planned Parenthood building in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Wray emphasized that the agency would not limit enforcement to either side of the political spectrum on Thursday.
“From our point of view, I don’t care which side of the problem you’re on, I don’t care who you’re upset about or you’re upset about abortion or anything, you don’t understand the use of violence or the threat of violence to act on it, ‘ Ray said. “We will aggressively pursue this behavior. I feel very strongly about it and I have communicated this very strongly to all of our field offices and to our staff.”
Wray made similar comments last year, saying the FBI’s domestic terrorism caseload had “exploded” in more than a year and a half. A large part of this work is related to the January 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol.
On Thursday, the FBI director was also asked about Attack threats from overseas It is related to the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and other places.
“We are,” Ray said. “Especially now that we’re out, I’m concerned that sources and (intelligence) gathering may be lost there.”